Lamont must speak up or speak out on WMD in Scotland
Commenting on the Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones’ commitment to Wales becoming the home of Trident post Scottish independence SNP MSP Bill Kidd – a member of the Council of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament - said: “Many people in Wales will be horrified that their First Minister is actively trying to have weapons of mass destruction based in Welsh waters.
“If they seriously think there are economic benefits to spending tens of billions of pounds on renewing Trident – especially at a time when the country is crying out for capital investment to support the economy – then it just shows how skewed their priorities are.
“But at least Carwyn Jones is willing to be upfront about his support for Trident nuclear weapons. Johann Lamont has repeatedly refused to say where she stands on renewing the UK’s weapons of mass destruction.
“In 1999 she claimed to back decommissioning, but her refusal to answer questions from Scottish CND leaves people in Scotland wondering where the Labour leader now stands on this important issue. It is high time for Johann Lamont to end her silence.
"The majority of Scottish voters oppose Trident. The majority of Scots MPs and MSPs reject Trident renewal. Our Churches and STUC do not want Trident.
“Trident nuclear weapons must be removed from Scotland – and independence is the only constitutional option which will make this happen."
Johann Lamont fails to answer question from CND on her Trident position despite previous position in 1999.
Scottish CND survey from 2011 on Labour leadership and Trident when she failed to respond. The CND survey reports:
"Johann Lamont did not respond to the survey which was sent by post, by email (twice). A message was also left on the answering machine in her office.
In 1999 CND asked MSPs their views on Trident with two statements:
(i) There should be no nuclear weapons based in Scotland.
(ii) Trident should be decommissioned.
Johann Lamont's response was "Yes” to both